IN A bid to salvage the problems of Marathwada, which has been consistently reeling under bouts of drought, the state government is looking to revive the paralysed Parli power plant in Beed by using recycled sewage water from the Nanded municipal corporation. The 1,130 megawatt power plant has been mostly out of operation for three years due to paucity of water.
A senior official from the state energy department said: “We are coordinating with the urban development department and have appointed a consultant to study the feasibility of the proposal. Prima facie, the consultant has indicated that it is feasible for the Parli power plant to restart using recycled sewerage water from Nanded. We are expecting a final report within a month.”
He added that once the implementation model is fixed based on the consultant’s report, it will take about a year to set up the required infrastructure ? pipelines, storage units and so on ? before the power plant can use water from Nanded, about 60 kilometre away.
The Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation supplies about 100 mld (million litres a day) of water to the areas under its jurisdiction.
About 80 per cent of this goes in sewerage. The city currently has two sewage treatment plants that yield about 37 mld of recycled water, and a third is under construction.
Sushil Khodwekar, municipal commissioner of the Nanded Waghela City Municipal Corporation, said, “The Parli power plant requires about
60 mld to function. We can commit to supply this quantity by 2017. The treated water is hardly used in the municipal corporation limits currently.
A few farmers use it for agricultural purposes, while a large part of it goes back to the water bodies.”
Khodwekar added that the corporation will be willing to supply this to the Parli plant, provided the financial terms can be worked out, and the proposal is acceptable to the corporation’s general body and the state urban development department.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (MSPGCL) has already signed an agreement with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation for the supply of treated sewerage water for the Koradi thermal power station.
An MSPGCL official, however, said that even if the same model is technically feasible at Parli, financial feasibility will be the key factor for deciding whether to go ahead with the project.
“Already, the coal transportation cost to Parli is high. Transporting treated sewage water over a 60 km distance and setting up the requisite infrastructure for it will further increase the production cost,” he said.